History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: The east end of the church, including the arch of the east window, still stand to full height.
At the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the priory buildings were sold to the Cliffords of Skipton Castle, and later to the Cavendish family, Dukes of Devonshire. However, the nave of the priory church survived to serve as the parish church for the then village of Bolton-in-Wharfedale.
Visitors can enjoy the church, which is open regularly. Visitors will enjoy walking across the River Wharfe by way of stepping stones (if the water level is low) or by way of a footbridge. From the far bank, there are footpaths up the hillside and beyond, where fabulous views can be had over the abbey ruins and the surrounding countryside.
A short walk along the Wharfe leads to The Strid, a series of narrow, rocky gorges through which the river bursts quite dramatically.
NB. Technically Bolton Abbey is the name of the village and the estate, while the Augustinian monastery was called Bolton Priory, but most people call the monastery Bolton Abbey as well.
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About Bolton Abbey
Address: Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, England, BD23 6AL
Attraction Type: Abbey
Location: Off the A59 in between Skipton and Harrogate. The abbey ruins are a short, attractive walk from the main parking lot in Bolton Abbey village. For satnavs use the post code BD23 6EX.
Website: Bolton Abbey
Bolton Abbey Photos
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East Riddlesden Hall - 7.4 miles (Historic House)
Farnley Hall - 9.7 miles (Historic Building)
Bronte Parsonage Museum - 10.8 miles (Museum)
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